Creative Writing, Humanities and Social Sciences Transfer Pattern, Associate of Arts

This degree pattern is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Creative Writing or English, with a concentration in Writing.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this transfer pattern, students will be able to:

  1. use writing, reading and oral communication skills to organize, express, and synthesize ideas in workshop groups and presentational settings;
  2. identify various notable writers within genres of creative writing;
  3. participate in peer editing and revision workshops;
  4. critique writings within a workshop group, as well as their own writing;
  5. participate in in-class writing exercises;
  6. create a portfolio of student writing samples including multiple drafts;
  7. present work orally to identify "writer's voice"; and
  8. demonstrate a mastery of the fundamental skills, concepts, and principles of their selected genre for the baccalaureate degree.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60 min*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences with lab 4 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (ENGL 210 or ENGL 2113 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives - Creative Writing (see approved list) 6 Credit(s).

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

This degree pattern is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Creative Writing or English, with a concentration in Writing.

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Transfer Pattern - Creative Writing

Program Code

P 151

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Chair
Brooke Bognanni
443-840-1531 or

Program Coordinators


CCBC Catonsville and Owings Mills, Evan Balkan
443-840-4976 or

CCBC Dundalk, Jay Trucker
443-840-3887 or

CCBC Essex, Heather Harris
443-840-1743 or

Creative Writing:

West Side, Evan Balkan
443-840-4976 or

East Side, Brooke Bognanni
443-840-1531 or

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Transfer Pattern*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:

Specially designated sections of ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 combine creative non-fiction and STEM-themes with traditional college composition instruction.

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses. One course must be a Diversity course. 

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.

  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (at least one course must have a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology  3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credit(s).
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 27-30 Credits

Program Requirements:
Two-Semester Sequence

These courses may be taken in either order.

Critical Thinking

Choose one course from this list. It can also be used to fulfill the Arts and Humanities General Education requirement.

Additional Program Requirements

Students will complete an independent study Capstone Portfolio Project with their mentor during their final semester, preparing a representative portfolio of work completed during their Transfer Pattern program.

Program Electives:

Select 12-15 credits, including 9 credits of Creative Writing, 3 credits of Literature, and up to 3 additional credits as needed to reach the 60-credit minimum. These credits can be from additional English classes, or classes elsewhere in the college.

Creative Writing

Choose 9 credits from the following list.


Choose one 3-credit literature course. Any of these courses can be used to fulfill the Arts and Humanities General Education requirement.

Other Electives

Choose up to 3 additional credits. These can be additional English courses, and/or courses elsewhere in the college. Elective courses should be selected to meet transfer institution requirements.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**This course can be used to fulfill both the Arts and Humanities General Education requirement and the Diversity requirement. Additional English classes that can be used to fulfill both requirements include ENGL 206ENGL 207, ENGL 218, ENGL 219, ENGL 224, and ENGL 260.